Padres right-hander Mat Latos fired a complete game shutout on Thursday afternoon against the Giants, allowing only one hit and fanning six batters over nine impressive innings. The Friars escaped with a 1-0 victory.
Latos, 22, retired the first 15 batters he faced before surrendering an infield hit to Eli Whiteside to open the sixth inning. He needed only 106 pitches in the quick, two-hour game, and has now strung together quite a few impressive starts. Latos also shut out the Astros last time out and has a 0.97 WHIP through seven outings this season.
The Padres stand 22-12 on the year and boast a 3.5-game lead over the Giants in the National League West standings. Latos, despite his 3-3 record, deserves much of the credit for the excellent start.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.
Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.
Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?